As with any not-for-profit or charity organization, much of The Canadian Safe School Network’s success can be traced to its diligent and dedicated volunteers. Throughout the year, CSSN volunteers help to promote the good work of the organization in classrooms, boardrooms and online – while others donate their time to speak at conferences and events or to advocate to various levels of government on bullying issues.
One of CSSN’s most dedicated and engaged volunteers is Stephanie Beirne. An Associate with Galileo Funds in Toronto, Stephanie has every reason to not even consider volunteering her time. She works tirelessly in the non-stop world of investments and serves the company in a variety of capacities, including advisor relations and marketing. A graduate of the University of Toronto and an advocate for numerous social causes, Stephanie isn’t willing to ignore the needs of those around her.
Stephanie was connected to CSSN by none other than Brian Burke, President and General Manager of The Toronto Maple Leafs – and a personal friend of her boss. Brian is actively involved in supporting CSSN, particularly in its anti-bullying and LGBTQ-inclusion efforts, and frequently sends people to the organization if they have ideas, energy and talent to share. As a polished marketer and networker, Stephanie was a perfect fit to help CSSN with its annual Golf Classic in the summer of 2012. More than just “help,” however, Stephanie took on far more than was expected of her in a volunteer capacity.
Stephanie took charge of engaging celebrity players for the tournament – including Leafs players like Jake Gardiner and CSSN supporter John-Michael Liles, NHL legends Steve Staios, Dave Poulin and Rick Tocchet, and sportscaster Joe Bowen. Steph used her keen marketing skills to convince numerous suppliers to provide prizes and swag for the tournament – without charging CSSN a penny – and arranged door-to-door transportation for every tournament participant.
Steph’s easygoing yet dedicated approach convinced dozens of the day’s golfers to inquire about more active roles with CSSN themselves, leading to a new crop of volunteers, supporters and personalities eager to step up and take a stand against bullying.
Stephanie can next be found at CSSN’s annual Unforgettable Dinner at the Fairmont Royal York this November, where’ll she help the organization greet arriving guests for the black tie affair before working the room to encourage donations to keep the timely and important work of the Canadian Safe School Network going.